The now-retired Navy Seal soldier who says he shot Osama bin Laden dead claims he's struggling to support his wife and feed his children after the U.S. government abandoned him.
The unidentified specialized Seal Team 6 member says after his 16 years of service in the navy he doesn't have a pension, health care or protection for himself and his family, according to a report published in the March issue of Esquire.
The veteran said he left the Seals nearly four years before what would have been his 20-year anniversary, axing his eligibility for a pension.
He says his health coverage was cut off the day he left the Seals.
"I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years. Go f--- yourself," he said.
Another unidentified Seal Team 6 member says getting killed on duty offers better benefits for his family than if he retires, Esquire reported.
"If I get killed on this next deployment, I know my family will be taken care of. But if I come back alive and retire, I won't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out for the rest of my life. Sad to say, it's better if I get killed."
The navy, in response to questions from MSNBC, said: "We take seriously the safety and security of our people as well as our responsibility to assist sailors making the transition to civilian life."